bill nye: public enemy number one.

So, Bill Nye the Science Guy got himself into a pickle with the creationists. Good for him, I say. When an affable, friendly, bow-tie wearing kids TV show personality feels compelled to address science deniers head on, you know things have gone too far.

In case you missed it. the Science Guy recently spoke out against grownups who deny the existence or proof of evolution.

Nye said: “I say to the grownups, ‘If you want to deny evolution and live in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we’ve observed in the universe that’s fine. But don’t make your kids do it.'”

And with that, the Great American Freakout of Aught-12 began. Bill Nye’s plea to let kids learn science turned into a lightning rod. Creationists lashed back at him, telling him he needs to turn to Jesus, among other, non-scientific things.

At this point, my head meets my desk. Is this where we are with science? Clutching a bible and calling Bill Nye a heretic because he points to scientific method and study as a means of understanding the universe? And religious types flip out over this?

C’mon, people. Science is not intended to fit into a faith-based belief system. It also isn’t intended to make you shed your religious beliefs. Science is intended to explore and learn about the physical world around us.

I think it’s funny (well, sad, really) when a science guy espouses a basic, scientific given, and the first response on a news thread about it is “the science guy just lost all my respect” while others freak out and get mad at him. A science guy saying science things. Shocking.

If you believe the god in your religion created everything, it’s cool. Science is not designed to speak to god, ghosts or unicorns or prove (or disprove) your faith. So don’t get so mad when science arrives at certain places due to scientific method. That’s like getting mad at the plus sign for making two and two equal four.

If you take offense to evolution as an affront to your religion or your beliefs, that’s on you, not science. Yes, it’s okay to question science. Science is all about asking questions and finding answers. Bill Nye’s point is pretty simple: it’s okay to question things; even religious teachings.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and explore, kids. Even if your parents get mad.


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